After biting my fingernails down to the quick over the lamination health of my new bench top, I am happy to report that the top has survived glue up, remained in the clamps for 48 hours, and was pulled out of the clamps yesterday to sit and rest and attain some degree of stability. Today was the next step in its transformation from BORG (Big Orange Retail Giant) dimensional framing lumber, to hybrid Scandinavian cabinetmakers workbench.
I got the top pulled from the clamps ant it actually looked pretty good. No huge voids or checks from glue starvation to be seen. I was cautiously optimistic.
After having taken the lamination out of the clamps, I elected to set it out on stickers, or culls to rest. This was more a function of needing to take care of other projects instead of being able to devote any more time to the bench. The next step is/was to flatten the top and the bottom. Knowing people with WIDE wide belt sander’s is a huge plus. Even better when they also have the industrial size clamp rack too.
Once the top had passed a couple of times through the sander, it became pretty obvious that the glue joints were indeed, sound and tight. HUGE relief for me. No voids in between laminations, and the top and bottom surfaces sanded nice and flat and true.
This is the bench in the clamp rack…….so very nice to be able to use this bit of equipment.
Here is the top prior to flattening.
Here it is after ….so nice and flat and clean!!!
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